What your favorite books say about your politics

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Nov. 5, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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The next time you're browsing the popular picks aisle at Borders (or clicking around on Amazon), the book you take home may say more about you than just your preference for paperback romances or historical non-fictions.

The latest infographics by Engage, using data gathered from Facebook via the Trendsetter app, parses popular book choices and compares them with political leanings.

Among the most highly engaged voters on either side of the spectrum Noam Chomsky's Failed States (liberal) and Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged (conservative) are the most popular.

David Sedaris's When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas are popular with left-leaning users, whereas the Bible and C.S. Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia series are popular with the right. J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books are firmly in Obama's column.

Liberal books (+21% Obama)
Noam Chomsky, Failed States
David Sedaris, When You Are Engulfed in Flames
Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray Love
Joseph Heller, Catch-22
Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter series
Dan Brown, The Da Vinci Code
The collected works of William Shakespeare

Left-moderate books (20% Obama to even)
The collected works of Dr. Seuss
Michal Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
Rhonda Byrne, The Secret
Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games
Stephanie Meyer, Twilight
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Right-moderate books (even to 20% Romney)
The collected works of Mark Twain
Sun Tzu, The Art of War
James Patterson, Cross
Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind

Conservative books (+21% Romney)
The Holy Bible
William P. Young, The Shack
C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

It's become increasingly obvious that a stratified electorate is, in part, encouraged by the numerous sources available to seek out only the news coverage that fits within an already-established worldview. The data uncovered by Trendsetter lays it out in stark terms.

The high-turnout, highly partisan outlets are, unsurprisingly The Nation and Think Progress for the left, and FOX News and the Drudge Report on the right. MSNBC comes in at a fairly moderate +19 percent on the Obama side, while National Journal pulls in a +25 percent Romney audience.

CBS News is the lone organization straddling the middle of the spectrum exactly.

Liberal news sources (+21% Obama)
The Nation
Think Progress
The New York Times
The New Yorker
Pro Publica
The Onion
Washington Post
National Geographic

Moderate news sources (20% Obama to 20% Romney)
The Economist
Financial Times
CBS News
USA Today
Business Insider

Conservative news sources (+21% Romney)
National Journal
Wall Street Journal
The Weekly Standard
National Review
Hot Air
The Daily Caller
FOX News
Red State
Drudge Report

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